Restoring Your Oral Health and Confidence
As we age, our bones and gums may start to deteriorate, causing several oral health issues. Bone and gum grafting are dental procedures that can help restore and maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Our skilled Staten Island dentists can provide you with gum disease treatment to get your oral health back on track.
What Are Bone and Gum Grafting?
Bone and gum grafting are procedures involving the transplantation of bone or gum tissue from one part of the body to another. These procedures are commonly used to treat patients who’ve lost bone or gum tissue due to trauma, gum disease, or other oral health issues.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to replace lost or damaged tissue in the jaw caused by gum disease. A small amount of bone is taken from another part of your body, or donor source, and placed in the area of the jaw where the bone loss occurred. This procedure can prepare the jawbone for dental implants or restore bone density after tooth loss.
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure used to treat gum recession caused by gum disease. It involves taking tissue from another part of your mouth, usually the roof of your mouth, and grafting it onto the receding gums. It helps cover the exposed roots of the teeth, reduces sensitivity, and improves the appearance of your smile.
Benefits of Bone and Gum Grafting
There are several benefits of using bone and gum grafting for treating gum disease, including:
- Improved Oral Health: Bone and gum grafting can help restore the health of your gums and teeth, reducing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
- Improved Appearance: Gum grafting can help cover exposed roots, improving the appearance of your smile and reducing tooth sensitivity.
- Increased Tooth Stability: Bone grafting can provide additional support for your teeth by strengthening the underlying bone tissue.
- Improved Chewing and Speaking Ability: Gum and bone grafting can restore the function of your teeth and gums, improving your ability to chew and speak normally.
- Long-Term Results: With proper care and maintenance, the results of gum and bone grafting procedures can last for many years, helping preserve the health and function of your teeth and gums.
How the Bone and Gum Grafting Procedures Work
Before the bone or gum grafting procedure, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine the extent of the damage and the best course of action. If bone grafting is necessary, your dentist will make a small incision in the affected area, and the bone tissue will be transplanted to the site. The incision will then be sutured closed, and the patient will receive specific aftercare instructions to promote healing.
Gum grafting involves a similar process. Your dentist will harvest a small amount of gum tissue from the patient’s palate or a donor source and transplant it to the affected area. The new tissue will then be sutured into place, and the patient will be given instructions on how to care for the area as it heals.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is bone or gum grafting painful?
Bone and gum grafting procedures are typically performed with a local anesthetic applied, which numbs the area and reduces any discomfort or pain during the procedure. After the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort, but this can be managed with pain medication and proper aftercare.
How long does it take to recover from bone or gum grafting?
Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient’s overall health. Generally, patients can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling for a few days after the procedure, and it may take several months for the transplanted tissue to fully integrate and heal.
Are there any risks associated with bone or gum grafting?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with bone and gum grafting, such as infection, bleeding, and swelling. However, these risks can be minimized by choosing a skilled and experienced dentist who takes proper precautions and follows best practices.
Will insurance cover the cost of bone or gum grafting?
The cost of bone and gum grafting procedures can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and other factors. Some insurance plans may cover all or a portion of the cost of these procedures, but it’s important to check with your provider before the procedure to determine your coverage.
Improve Your Quality of Life With Bone and Gum Grafting
Don’t let bone and gum loss rob you of your beautiful smile and oral health. Bone and gum grafting can restore your oral health and beautiful smile. Contact our Staten Island dentists today to learn more.
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